I was raised in a very liberal leaning household, I’m a Canadian, I’m turning 25 years old next month, and going stubbornly against every statistic (with the exception of, fortunately, skipping college), I have found myself landing comfortably and firmly on “the Right”. I have witnessed something interesting: almost everything I’ve disagreed with the Right (yes, I’m speaking generally here) on, I have come to learn more and eventually agree, given time and good arguments. But there are still a few things that I just can’t reconcile myself to the Right or the Left with. The biggest one? The problem of stupid people.
A week or two ago, I was listening to an interview with Dr. Jordan Peterson, who is a professor at the University of Toronto and one of those rare people who make you look at the world differently after listening to him for even ten minutes. He rose to infamy in Canada after fearlessly taking on the insane transgender lobby and Bill C-16, which sought to de-facto criminalize people for refusing to use gender-neutral pronouns.
In this interview with Jay Fayza over at The Rebel Media, Dr. Peterson spoke about the issue of stupid people as a group (not in those words, naturally) and managed to put my own thoughts into words and clarify them in a way that really got me thinking further. Dr. Peterson states that a large percentage of the population (8%) would be considered to have too low of an intelligence level to be permitted to join the United States military, which is a stunning 1 out of ever 15 people. I couldn’t find his exact number, however, I did find statistics that the United States military sets a quality goal of 60% of recruits having an IQ in the triple digits. For context in what that looks like, in 2011, only 63% percent of Army recruits met that standard.
Now, the exact IQ statistics are not what I want to focus on, nor am I particularly interested in breaking it down by race or gender. Firstly, even writing that previous paragraph made my head hurt, secondly, it’s not really that important to my premise, and thirdly, the female vs male intelligence issue is actually very simple anyway.
The simple fact, obvious to anyone who can read this, is that there are very smart people, there are average people, and there are stupid, below average people whose lack of innate intelligence is a hindrance on their productivity and ability to achieve any sort of success. And the sooner we acknowledge that, the sooner we can come up with solutions.
First, the Left. Their solution seems to be that everyone is always the same, any discrepancy is always due to some mythical oppressive system, and we must achieve as close to equity as possible (I wrote about why this is a horrific idea in a recent piece.) by subsidizing the poor via an ever-growing welfare state, assisting groups which consistently do poorly via policies such as Affirmative Action, actively encouraging cultures which take part in activities which bring down collective intelligence to thrive via immigration, lovely individuals such as Margaret Sanger of Planned Parenthood fame who just didn’t want the stupid people to breed, and on and on ad infinitum.
Obviously, this isn’t working. America has produced a pretty amazing system, don’t get me wrong, but there are still people who are living in poverty, people whose children are suffering to get proper nutrition, people who are taking part in risky behavior such as drug use, prostitution, etcetra.
And then we have the Right. “My guys”. The people (or at least some portion) who I have almost consistently found to live up to their name when I start trying to come to a position on an issue.
I’m trying to find the solution being presented on any large group on the right (Short of the White Nationalist types, whose position seems to be that non-Whites are dumber than whites with the exception of Asians, and we should just make an ethnostate and that would solve everything, an idea I find very lazy and intellectually weak.) and I’ve come up thoroughly unimpressed.
Forgive me if this is a terrible oversimplification, but the position of vast swathes of the Right seems to be that if everyone just works hard, they will be able to live a “successful” life, even on a basic level of having food and shelter. I tend to agree with the position that private charity should handle a whole lot more and the government should handle a whole lot less when it comes to those who we can pretty much universally agree need help, such as veterans, orphaned children, the disabled, etc.
But the more I turned this around in my head, I realized that when we move past these simpler cases, I noticed that the Right doesn’t have a solution for the clearly massive demographic which isn’t necessarily disabled to an obvious level – just very, very stupid and unable to even handle a simple job, let alone one which could come close to earning them a living they could support themselves on.
I certainly don’t think that the liberal “solution” is working. In fact, they’ve made pretty much everything worse for everyone, I consistently fight against most of what the Left stands for. The idea that a majority of people using the welfare system couldn’t find a job and support themselves entirely is insulting. No. There are also lazy people, many of them we could have chosen not to bring into the United States in the first place.
But I also think that when we come to this group of people I am talking about, the Right could be doing so much better. I believe with all of my heart that most of the American populace value freedom and individualism and the right to pursue their own happiness – but also a great deal of compassion for human beings, even ones who may not always provide us with as much as we provide them. Especially those who are American citizens, who did not choose to be born in such a beautiful nation, or to be born with a lack of mental capability.
Unlike liberals, I don’t want to see people torn down so that we can all be a little closer to the mean – but I do want to see every American we can with a roof over their head and food to eat.
Yes, even the people I refer to as stupid in my typical graceful, non-politically-correct fashion.
Do I have a solution? I wish I did. I do not pretend to be a perfect as a writer, or that everything I write has a beginning, a middle, and an end. I do not have all of the answers. Much of what I write benefits me in growing my thinking, and I am flattered seeing that it benefits others, as well.
The small thing I can do is provide my platform to start conversations. So here’s step one. We need to talk about the problem of stupid people, as painful of a conversation it may be.
There is no equity without tyranny, my friends. Even in human intelligence.